Has the excitement from the NFL Draft left your town? Not in Washington D.C. In the April Draft, the Washington Redskins made Robert Griffin, III also known as RGIII their number one overall selection in the draft. The excitement from the draft came long before the actual selection when the Redskins “leapfrogged” the Cleveland Browns to select the coveted Baylor quarterback. The Redskins gave up three number one picks and a second rounder for their new starting quarterback.
Thank you all of Redskin Nation for welcoming me to D.C. Can't wait to put on that burgundy and gold jersey #ReadyToWork
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) April 28, 2012
Now that RGIII has found a home and starting to work with his new team, entrepreneurs can learn 3 things from RG3.
- Protect your brand. Have you heard of Robert Griffin, III? Well, there's a good chance that you've also heard of RGIII. After being drafted, the astute quarterback decided to protect his name and brand by trademarking RGIII. Through his company Thr3escompany, LLC, he submitted applications to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for four trademarks – RGIII, RG3, Robert Griffin III, and Unbelievably Believable. (via Change Legal) Once entrepreneurs understand how valuable their brand is, they must take the necessary steps to safeguard their brand.
- Work Hard. Ever seen a successful entrepreneur (or person) that hasn't cited hard work and dedication with a reason for their success? Griffin isn't any different. Upon winning the Heisman trophy, he famously coined the phrase ” ‘Unbelievably Believable.' This is unbelievably believable. It’s unbelievable because in the moment we’re all amazed when great things happen. But it’s believable because great things don’t happen without hard work.” Entrepreneurs should take this same work ethic to their everyday activities so that they can experience moments that are “Unbelievably Believable.”
- Be Confident. Confidence is often a result of hard work. RG3 in his talk with Jon Gruden showed that he was confident and that is the same confidence that entrepreneurs should possess. Working hard to know your industry statistics and industry trends will make entrepreneurs and business owners confident.